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    About The Teacher


    Welcome to second grade.  I am excited to start a new year even if it will look different.  I would like to take this opportunity tell you a little about myself. This year marks the beginning of my 32nd year of teaching.  We will just pretend that I started teaching at the age of 12, so I won’t feel so old.

    I am a transplant from Iowa.  I moved here after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, formerly known as the Iowa Teachers College.  I worked as a guest teacher for a year and then began my teaching career in Apache Junction teaching 4th grade. I worked there for 4 years.  Then I made the move to the Kyrene School District.  I helped open Mirada Elementary.  That same year I also received my Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University in elementary education.  I taught fourth grade for the first year at Mirada and then made the move to 3rd grade.  I have taught 3rd grade for a long time so it was time for a change.  2nd grade is my home now. 

    I believe every child can and must learn.  I also know that for some kiddos this is not always easy, whereas for others it is like breathing.  Having a strong team between home and school will help your child reach his/her potential.  I hope that we have many opportunities to work together to make this happen.  You are the first teacher in your child’s life and I value your input.

    Let’s make this a great learning year for your child.  I can be reached by phone: 541-4336 or email: knafzi@kyrene.org .  I hope to chat often.



    Kelli Nafziger